[access-uk] Re: ECDL course help please

  • From: "Mills, Derek" <derek.mills@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • To: <access-uk@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Tue, 4 Aug 2009 15:55:45 +0100



Adrian is correct in saying that BCS is the awarding body for ECDL. 


As Social Inclusion Specialist for BCS Qualifications, I am aware of the
accessibility challenges for visually impaired students attempting ECDL at a
Learndirect centre. When we receive enquiries about this matter, we
recommend that a visually impaired student takes the qualification at one of
the BCS Approved Centres which offers manual testing. The manual test system
is used successfully by blind and partially sighted candidates at the Royal
National College for the Blind in Hereford, an Approved Centre for ECDL and
other BCS qualifications.


Test papers in alternative formats (large print, Braille and audio) can be
ordered from BCS. The workfiles for the tests show very significant
compatibility with both JAWS and Supernova screen reader software. We have
worked closely with Sight and Sound (JAWS) and Dolphin Computer Access
(Supernova) to ensure that the high degree of compatibility is maintained in
step with the release of their new versions. They are advising BCS at the
moment on the compatibility of their software with our new v.5 test bank.


I recommend that you look at the accessibility resources for visually
impaired students on our access to assessment web pages at:


We have over 2000 Approved Centres offering ECDL. Please use the following
link http://www.multimap.com/clients/places.cgi?client=bcs_03 to find an
Approved Centre in your area. While some may still be using Windows 2000
operating system, most will be using much more recent OS versions including
Vista and Office applications including 2007.




Derek Mills, 


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